Disclosure: I was provided this service from Fare and Square for free in exchange for images and a review. All opinions in this post are completely my own.
Have you ever wished that you could just magically make already-prepared meals appear in your fridge? So all you had to do was eat them? Yeah, me too. I’m not sure if it’s the job of meal planning every week or navigating the grocery store with a whining toddler. Or maybe it’s spending so much time out of my day prepping and cooking meals for my family in the kitchen. Whatever the reason, I’m always looking for a way to make meal time easier for my family. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that there actually is a way to bring prepared meals directly to my door here in Columbus. Have you heard of Fare and Square yet? Well if you haven’t, you’re missing out.
Fare and Square delivers exactly what you’ve been looking for. Meals delivered right to your doorstep.
I was recently invited, along with some other local bloggers, to an event at their kitchen. Here, we were able to sample some food (the salmon was amazing), learn more about the business and check out their kitchen facility. Then later, I was able to order some meals and have them delivered to my home. It was so great not having to spend time cooking that week!
The process is super simple. When you’re ready to order, all you have to do is hop on Fare and Square’s website to see what’s cooking for the next week. As long as you place your order by Friday afternoon, your meals are delivered that Sunday.
There are so many different options to order. The menu changes weekly, which is great for variety. Curated meals are sold individually. These generally include a side or two with the main dish or protein. You can also order just a protein, which comes with two servings per order. There are also sides, desserts and snacks. And there are plenty of kid-friendly options throughout the menu.
We tried quite a variety of meals from Fare and Square. Liam loved trying the burger and several of the sides (his favorite was the seasoned potatoes). He even tried the broccoli. I loved how fresh the summertime salad was. The other meals were great too. And we had fun trying them all.
Fare and Square also partners with a few other businesses to bring you more options. They carry cured meat from North Country Charcuterie and some treats from Sassafras Bakery. I’m especially excited about their partnership with Too Good Eats. They’re a local company in Columbus that makes organic baby food. I can’t wait to try them out once Caleb starts eating solid food.
Oh, and did I mention that everything arrives already cooked? All the work is done for you. The only thing you have to do is heat it up and eat it. What I love is that the directions give you both microwave and oven heating instructions. The microwave method is great if you’re short on time, but the oven directions don’t take up much time either. And everything can be heated up right in the containers they’re delivered in.
The meals are good for about 5 days, but of course, that varies depending on what it is. Things with raw produce, like salads and fruit should probably be eaten earlier than some of the other things. Pricing for each meal or item varies. But it’s about the same price you’d pay at a fast casual restaurant. Even better, though, because you don’t have to leave your house and you’re getting a much more well-rounded meal with better ingredients.
Delivery only costs $10. Or you can pick up the meals directly from their kitchen in Columbus. We live in a suburb of Columbus and I was so excited to see that Fare and Square delivers even all the way out to me. All the food/take-out delivery services don’t, so this was a pleasant surprise. And our meals arrived via taxi, which was kind of fun. Don’t worry if you won’t be home either – you can also leave a cooler by your front door. The delivery driver will leave your order in the cooler so that everything stays cold until you get home.
I also love that this is NOT a subscription service. We’ve tried subscription meal services in the past and I always had a hard time remembering to pause it when we went out of town. At least once I had to have a friend collect a box off our front porch and use all the ingredients while we were away. With Fare and Square, though, that’s not an issue.
If you’re in the Columbus area, you should check to see if Fare and Square delivers to your home. If they do, you’ll definitely want to give them a try. I know we’ll be ordering from them again very soon!